Select Committee Hearing to Address Gun Violence in the East Bay

Friday, May 17, 2013

Assemblymember Quirk Attends Hearing in Oakland to Examine the Root and Cause of Gun Violence and Identify Effective Strategies to Reduce It

OAKLAND – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) joined Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay Chair, Assemblymber Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Senator Loni Hancock, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Law Enforcement Officials, Community Based Organizations, and members of the public to address local and statewide issues related to gun violence.

“I thank my good friend and colleague, Assemblymember Bonta, for calling this Select Committee Hearing on Gun Violence in the East Bay. The topics we addressed today are important. Gun violence wreaks havoc on our streets, endangering innocent bystanders of all ages, and in our homes, accounting for over more than half of all suicides in the United States.

Although California has the most stringent gun laws, we must continue to find new strategies to curtail gun violence, and educate and empower our youth. The 20th Assembly District has felt the impact and aftermath of gun related crimes.  In this year alone, a teenage shooter injured a woman and killed a man at the Bayfair BART station in January, a young man was gunned down and killed on an  elementary school playground as a result of a dispute in February, and just last week an armed gunman threatened law enforcement officers and the public at the Hayward DMV.

Gun related crimes are never simply isolated events. The aftermath of these incidents have widespread effect.  That is why, as a member of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, I have been proud to support measures that seek to toughen our gun laws.

I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Assembly Public Safety Committee and on the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay to continue the discussion, and find ways to make California safer.”

Another Select Committee Hearing will be held in Stockton to continue the conversation.

Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is a member of the powerful Assembly Rules Committee and has been appointed to the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, and Utilities & Commerce.

CONTACT: Sean Henschel, Chief of Staff, (916) 319-2020 or Sean.Henschel@asm.ca.gov